Howards Brenton and Davies are reunited at the Hampstead Theatre, for Drawing the Line (from 3 Dec), tackling the meaty topic of the partition of India in 1947. There’s more political upheaval at London’s Donmar Warehouse – of a Shakespearean variety. Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston, opens 6 Dec. Fortune’s Fool begins the same day, at the Old Vic; Iain Glen stars in Turgenev’s biting comedy, directed by Lucy Bailey.
Sound the unlikely musical klaxon! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Profumo scandal-mining Stephen Ward opens at London’s Aldwych Theatre on 3 Dec, as does Headlong’s take on Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho at the Almeida. Meanwhile, the RSC in Stratford, plunder Hillary Mantel’s novels for a double-bill of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (11 Dec).
You may have heard it’s nearly Christmas … there’s no shortage of festive shows, but these should please hair-tearing adults as well as kids. The Bristol Old Vic has form (Coram Boy; Swallows and Amazons), so try its Little Mermaid, opening Thursday.
Everyone loves the Moomins: it’s a wonder they’ve never trotted on stage before. Happily, Moominland Midwinter arrives at Theatre Royal Bath on 6 Dec, adapted by Hattie Naylor. Another childhood favourite – Peter Pan – gets a female-centric revamp from Ella Hickson, also for the RSC; let Wendy & Peter Pan make you think happy thoughts from 10 Dec. And things get seriously silly when National Theatre Wales erects a Spiegeltent inside Cardiff Castle to stage Silly Kings, based on Python Terry Jones’s Fairy Tales (19 Dec).
No kids in tow? After something seasonal but definitely adult? Anthony Neilson’s The Night Before Christmas is back – and this time, it’s musical (29 Nov). An addict elf finds festive magic in the other kind of white powder … let it snow!